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Director Bruce Yonemoto
Writers Karen Finley
Bruce Yonemoto
Additional Text George Takei
Producer Bryan Jackson
Executive Producers Kelly Sicat
Bruce Yonemoto
Karen Finley
Director of
Judy Phu
Editor Andy Fedak
Sound Design Mayo Thompson
Costume Design Abra Berman
Karen Finley Politician
Lucas Sicat Boy
Taro Hattori Gardener
George Takei Narrator
Andrea Blum Party Guests
Elliott Gittelsohn
Wanda Kownacki
Jodi Lomask
Carlos Montalvo
Kathleen Powell
Gregory Sale
Eileen Silver
Hildy Shandell
Jennifer Sylvester
Stefanie Sylvester
Nathan Zanon
Assistant Director Michaela Holland
1st Assistant Camera Jessica Gallegos
2nd Assistant Camera Robbie Alpine
Gaffer Kiva Knight
Electrician Misael Pastor
Key Grip Ernie Kunze
Grip Jesus Esqueda
Production Sound Kevin Que
Make-Up & Hair Ashley Garlick
1st AC – LA Carlos Lopez
2nd AC – LA Mark Quintos
Grip – LA Michael Thomas
Sound Mix Gabriel Verger, Soundchef
Title Art Patty Lin
Additional Music Scott Benzel
“Buttons & Bows” Jay Livingston
Ray Evans
Performed by Tom Watson
Wigs Consultant Darlene Dannenfelser
Legal Representation
for Finley and Yonemoto
Michael Overn, Esq.
Montalvo Arts Center
Executive Director Angela McConnell
Managing Director Kelly Hudson
Director, Lucas Artists Programs Kelly Sicat
Development Director Emma Moon
Director of Legal Services Kaela Bernal
Director of Finance Christa Stiner
Associate Curator Donna Conwell
Associate Director,
Marketing & Communications
Leah Ammon
Residency Manager Lori Wood
Culinary Artist Andrea Blum
Facilities Manager Lonnie Cedillo
Maintenance Lead Dan North
Hakone Estate and Gardens
Executive Director Shozo Kagoshima
Location Assistant Christian Fernandez
Japanese American
National Museum
Director of Programs Clement Hanami
Vice President of Programs Koji Sakai

Far East of Eden was commissioned and produced by the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center, with the generous support of the following producers:

T.M. Ravi and Francine Lejeune
Wanda Kownacki
Glenn and Sherri Osaka
Sudnya Shroff and Nickhil Jakatdar
Tom and Yuko Tiernan

The former home of Senator James Duval Phelan, Villa Montalvo/Montalvo Arts Center is deeply committed to the spirit of the Senator’s bequest to use our 175-acre estate for the advancement of the arts. It is our privilege to support contemporary artists as they address the pressing social and political issues of the past, present, and future.


Board of Trustees, Montalvo Arts Center
Board of Directors, Hakone Gardens
Board of Directors, Japanese American National Museum
Alice Phelan Sullivan Corporation
Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Holly Poe Durbin
Jay Farrington, Chater Camera
Mat Gleason and Coagula Gallery
Nancy Gray
Kumiko Iwasawa
Dona Ann McAdams
Cathy O’Connor
Violet Overn
David Rincon, UC Irvine Digital Filmmaking
Brad Takei
Johanna Went
Gordon Yamate

Filmed on location in California

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga
Hakone Estate and Gardens, Saratoga
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

© 2016 Bruce Yonemoto and Karen Finley

  • “I’ll build a beautiful wall, with my name on it.” The Politician (Karen Finley) address the nation from the veranda of Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California. Judy Phu/Far East of Eden

  • “Keep immigrants out.” The Boy (Lucas Sicat) walks down the lawn of estate of James D. Phelan, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California. Judy Phu/Far East of Eden

  • “This is our land not their land.” The Politician (Karen Finley) in the garden of Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California. Judy Phu/Far East of Eden

  • Behind the Bamboo Curtain. The Boy (Lucas Sicat) sees a ghost in the bamboo forest. Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, California. Judy Phu/Far East of Eden

  • “Keep California White, James D. Phelan” The Boy (Lucas Sicat) walks through history at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California. Judy Phu/Far East of Eden


Lindsay, Taylor. “These Artists Just Proved How Unoriginal Donald Trump’s Racism Is.” VICE.com. VICE, The Creators Project, 11 Oct. 2016. Web.

Herhold, Scott. “Montalvo rethinking the legacy of James Duval…” mercurynews.com The Mercury News. 1 Oct. 2016. Web.


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